3 Reasons to Pave Your Driveway with Ready Mix
Concrete is made of a few ingredients: pulverised stones, sand, aggregate, some binders, and water. The binders and the water hold it together before it dries. The sand, aggregate, and binders are typically kept in their dry state for as long as possible. They are then mixed with water and some other liquids to form a plastic. Once they’re mixed, they need to be kept moving so that they do not harden. The concrete is then poured into the space where it will remain. It will dry in place and ultimately form your driveway. When concrete is shipped to your home or office already in the mixer, it is called ready-mix concrete.
1 – Ready Mix Advantages
Ready-mix concrete comes to your house in a mixing truck. The truck has a rotating barrel that spins and keeps the concrete moving while it is liquid. Since the concrete is continuously churning, it is not able to cure. The concrete cures when it is exposed to air and begins to dry out. Since it is constantly moving, it will never be exposed to air long enough to set. There are some types of concrete, depending on your concrete mixture, that will start to cure even if they are moving. You need to hire a ready-mix team that is near you since some concretes need to be poured within hours of being mixed. However, there are some ways to slow down this process. There are different additives that are added to modern concrete such as retardants and stabilisers. Also, you can cut down on the amount of air that reaches the concrete by using a smaller mixer. This is known as mini mix concrete.
2 – Mini Mix
As the name suggests, mini mix is the standard type of concrete, but it is mixed to be a much smaller batch. If you’ve ever seen the incredibly large trucks on the roadway with the rotating barrels, those are standard-sized concrete trucks. There are then mini mix trucks that usually have a concrete mixer on a trailer hitch or just a smaller barrel. Since they have a smaller barrel, less of the surface area of the concrete is exposed to the air. That means it will last much longer. Also, you won’t have to pay for concrete you don’t need.
3 – Driveway Paving
Concrete is measured in cubic metres; that means it has length, width, and depth. So, if you are paving a driveway that is ten metres by ten metres, it is 100 square metres. However, if you want your concrete to be 10 centimetres deep, you’ll need to measure in cubic metres. However much concrete you need, it won’t actually be as much as is used by businesses or municipalities. They often pour hundreds of metres of concrete at a given time. If you need to pave your driveway, you’ll most likely use a smaller mixer full of concrete. Doing so will save you both time and money when you are paving the driveway. Check out this for ideas before paving your driveway.